Viggo Mortensen & Liv Tyler in The Lord of the Rings
Keira Knightley for Harper’s Bazaar UK, Photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth
it’s a grandfather cat
“If Aragorn survives this war, you will still be parted. If Sauron is defeated, and Aragorn made king and all that you hope for comes true, you will still have to taste the bitterness of mortality. Whether by the sword or the slow decay of time, Aragorn will die. And there will be no comfort for you. No comfort to ease the pain of his passing. He will come to death, an image of the splendour of the kings of men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world. But you, my daughter, you will linger on in darkness and in doubt, as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Here you will dwell, bound to your grief, under the fading trees, until all the world is changed and the long years of your life are utterly spent. Arwen, there is nothing for you here… only death.”
Loose ends they tangle down, and then take flight.
But never tie me down, never tie me down.
Off I go, where I fall is where I land.